Close to perfect track conditions greeted Marc Márquez and the Repsol Honda Team at the Sepang International Circuit for the second of three days of testing. A morning track temperature in the high 40s would quickly rise by over twenty degrees, but work continued. Márquez again limited his running to the first half of the day, progressing through his testing plan and assessing various parts for the 2019 RC213V.
A 1:59.790, set on lap five of 37, would be Márquez’s fastest lap of the day two as he ended in eighth position. The reigning world championship’s 1:59.621 sees him sat in sixth place on the combined times of the first two days.
Tomorrow, February 8, presents the Repsol Honda Team with their last day of the Sepang Test before the Qatar Test, February 23 – 25.
Test Sepang 2019 - Marc Márquez's statements
Today we worked much the same as yesterday and tried a few new things, the most important ones for Honda. I started the day well but then the shoulder started to get a bit worse so we stopped to be able to run well again tomorrow. I can’t ride exactly how I’d want, normally I’m a rider who brakes very late and deep but I can’t do that at the moment and have to brake earlier and smoother.
In regards to the bike, we’ve been working mostly on corner exit but sometimes at this circuit the grip can change a lot.